The Opposition: Tottenham Hotspur

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Spurs come into the new season on the back of a disappointing end to the last campaign.

So long on the heels of eventual Champions Leicester, Tottenham faded away at crunch time.

They ultimately finished third in the table and have a Champions League campaign to look forward to this year, during which they will play their home games at Wembley.

With a young squad, hopes are high ahead of the 2016-17 season, although the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli must perform better than they did on international duty this summer.

Should they reach the heights of last season then there is no doubt that they’ll finish towards the top of the table once more.

The big money signing of Vincent Janssen from AZ is an interesting one. A number of high scoring Eredivisie players have tried to step up to the Premier League and failed, although there are always exceptions to the rule. Spurs will hope that Janssen turns into the next Ruud van Nistelrooy rather than Afonso Alves.

With Mauricio Pochettino at the helm Spurs are in extremely competent hands and he is on his way to building a dynasty in North London.

Will that dynasty include a Premier League title? Perhaps not this season, but don’t rule it out in the coming years.

Memorable match: Tottenham 0-1 Stoke. 24 October 2009. Stoke had been blitzed on their first Premier League trip to White Hart Lane, but returned with a more solid base to travel back to Staffordshire with three points. In truth, we were mostly grateful for Steve Simonsen’s remarkable display between the sticks- and the referee waving away a late Salif Diao trip in the box- but it was Glenn Whelan who took the headlines. His late goal turned out to be the difference between the two teams, as he struck home following great work from Ricardo Fuller. Future Stoke players Peter Crouch, Wilson Palacios and Jonathan Woodgate were all in the Spurs line-up that day.

2016-17 Fixtures: 10 September (H), 25 February (A).  


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